Fueling Good: Arizona Pump Prices Fall Below $3.50

Drivers say $3.50 is the new $3, according to AAA study

Phoenix, April 25, 2013. Arizona pump prices have dropped to a 10-week low. This week, the statewide average shed 6.4 cents to $3.495 per gallon. Nationally, prices remained unchanged at $3.512 per gallon.

Earlier this week, AAA released the results of a consumer index study designed to gauge public attitudes regarding gas prices. The results demonstrate how attitudes change as prices rise above significant milestones:

  • 46 percent believe gas is too high when the price reaches $3 per gallon
  • 61 percent believe gas is too high when the price reaches $3.50 per gallon
  • 90 percent believe gas is too high when the price reaches $4 per gallon

The study also found that two-thirds of U.S. adults have altered their lifestyle as a result of fuel prices. The most common changes include: driving less (86 percent), reducing shopping or dining out (71 percent), driving a more fuel-efficient car (54 percent) and delaying major purchases (53 percent).

“Not long ago, Arizonans were shocked to pay more than $3 per gallon for gasoline. After remaining above $3 per gallon for more than two years, this price point has become the norm at stations across the country,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Drivers have resigned themselves to paying higher gas prices and are cutting back on driving, shopping and dining out to save money. Fortunately, AAA expects the current seven-week price slide to continue into May, barring unforeseen circumstances.”

Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.268 and $3.722 per gallon, respectively. South Carolina and California hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $3.248 and $3.919 per gallon, respectively.

City

Today’s price

Change from last week

Change from last month

Last year’s price

East Valley
(Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Queen Creek)

$3.480

-7.1

-24.2

$3.853

Flagstaff

$3.722

-5.6

-7.3

$3.970

Glendale

$3.482

-8.0

-23.9

$3.849

Peoria

$3.494

-8.5

-23.3

$3.841

Phoenix (city)

$3.474

-7.1

-24.4

$3.848

Prescott
(Tri-Cities)

$3.640

-3.8

-5.9

$3.878

Scottsdale
(Scottsdale, Fountain Hills)

$3.620

-6.0

-22.3

$3.939

Tucson

$3.268

-5.5

-20.5

$3.703

Yuma

$3.579

-6.8

-17.2

$3.865

Statewide

$3.495

-6.4

-19.5

$3.854

National

$3.512

No Change

-14.6

$3.840

 

As an advocacy organization representing the motoring public, AAA offers a variety of free resources to help motorists keep fuel budgets in check, including: 

AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report includes data from gasoline stations in every Arizona community. Local prices in some communities might be higher or lower than the averages shown here. This service is updated daily by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) with average national, state and local prices for gasoline, diesel and E-85. Every day, more than 100,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability.